|Soccer team formation [A]|
Believe it or not, when I was a kid I was the crappiest soccer player in town.
In fact, my only virtue was my size: taller and stronger than average, I shouldn't have been such a bad defender (for instance, the blue dots in the figure). Or, at least, that's what my teammates hoped.
You see, a big defender can be clumsy with the ball and not particularly fast running; he mainly needs to kick the opponent attackers' shins, and that's not terribly difficult to do.
When a penalty comes around, he is placed in front of the ball, as part of the barrier, to take a ball for the team. You see now why height is an advantage.
The problem arises if the other team brings in a big, strong forward and you are placed right in front of him, in the barrier. And that day, a powerful kick, deliberately or not, propelled the ball straight to my crotch.
If you ask me now, I couldn't say what happened exactly. In spite of crossing my hands to cover myself, I was hit right there; I think I bent over and somehow I must have kicked the ball... Next thing I knew, it was an auto goal.
While our opponents were understandably amused and delighted, my frustrated teammates asked me what had just happened. A very embarrassed and astounded 10-11 year-old version of me couldn't come up with a better excuse than: "I wanted the other team to win; the striker is my mate" or something to that effect (!!!).
Somehow I was reminded of that episode by these two notes:
ABC News Online: "Palmer Hints CIA Claims a Poll Distraction Ploy" (26-03-2012)
Fairfax Media/SMH Online: "Palmer does Not Regret CIA Claim" (26-03-2012)
Don't worry, Clive. I believe you. Campbell Newman wouldn't have gained in QLD without your auto goal. (See here)
So that you don't think it's only me making this kind of auto goals, just look at this:
Needless to say, that was the end of my soccer career!
[A] 4-4-2 modern soccer formation. Wikipedia.